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About Foxhill

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    Lancashire, England
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    Horticulture, Skateboarding, Creativity, Outdoors, Music, Cats, Reading, Vespa

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  1. Just acquired another English Orchid from Josephine....... Slightly off topic but you Orchid fanciers out there may be interested.

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    1. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      P.S      ,(Baby Blue) Malay Blue   ,Moult successful !

       

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      his brother (Big Blue) is due to shed any day now too,  hey hey!  Im really envious everyone seems to be producing ooths like Jesus himself      lol      Well Done but... Im jealous  :taz:

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Pretty orchid, and congrats on the molt! 

      - MantisGirl13

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    1. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      The Malay Blue Hierodula really are blue.... Ive not edited those , flash cam. Idols got a black eye   Ive see the black  spotting on the eye before with Hierodula which seems like a common problem. , Ive heard that it may be due to caging but wild specimens have it also, yes Orin and Yen!  Maybe she will  recover on the next moult,  Fingers crossed/

  3. I've rearranged the Mantid room which looks much better and I've given myself more space to work with. Ill hopefully be ordering another 2 male Orchids to try one more attempt at mating Ezi before she dies of old age. Shes produced another ooth which will be infertile as the first I incubated for just over 12 weeks which I left in the tank which wasn't ideal, I was so scared of damaging it. after removing 2 of them I feel much more confident with dealing with them and so that is slight progress in that area I suppose. I've hot glued it to the mesh lid of a plastic cup,    just for practice ,  My day of glory Will come but how long that will take is anybody's guess. Moving forward Ive had Ezi free ranged for the past month and have been providing humidity in the room itself with fish pumps and water heaters which is bad on fuel but it has been amusing to see her sat in a different place most mornings. I came in to see her on the side of Ghosts tank and the poor little thing was stood on a pebble probably scared half to death and so I thought it was time to return her to the tank. I set up a water feature in one of my tanks and I could tell that the air was perfect in circulation, temperature and humidity but the only problem with it is the constant buzzing noise which you always get with them and I decided to remove it as I thought the vibrating BBBUUUURRRRR of those devices wouldn't be very nice for the creatures as I used to find it very annoying and still do. If I can find some silent pumps (in your dreams) I will be doing more on that front. Ive seen the Exo Terra mist/smoke devices and the 'rainfall' thing reasonably priced and so I would like to explore that in the future and the next time i'm in the new shop I have discovered Ill scratch his brain about the issue. i know that many Mantids don't require all the fancy gadgetry and high tech instruments but what the heck.....its fun !  :D

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Sounds like you have been busy and having fun!!

      - MantisGirl13

  4. **** News Flash ****    Orchid mantis jumps off keepers hand, flies across room and lands on table leg    **** End of message ****

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Pics?

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      ive just got a new camera so Im working on some new photos    might take me a while to get the hang of it.

  5. Not Mantids but something of interest ,  Red/Blue Damselfly in the field.. England

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    1. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      Urtica dioica      Stinging Nettles 

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Beautiful!

      - MantisGirl13

  6. I know some people hate edited pictures so Ive made sure to include one unedited Snap with these new images. Heterochaeta orientalis.

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Wow! Great pics!

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      Thanks MG

       

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Beautiful! So jealous...

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      Im so lucky to have access to the tropicals in the U.K.      Big up Mitch!

       

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Ya, you really are lucky!

      - MantisGirl13

  8. First view of the outside world blew CatMans mind, his only concern was the birds flying overhead but I had my eye on him. Cat Eye Mantis Heterochaeta orientalis.

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Beautiful! I REALLY want these.

      - MantisGirl13

  9. Well its that time of year again the Aphids are present on my plants in the yard. i was hoping to spend days with some Mantids hanging out in the garden acting as a natural pesticide which is a cool idea but I also don't want my prize plant specimens chewed up to nothing. If I use a pesticide I wont be able to let my Mantids loose which would be a shame.

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      That's a shame. I hope you figure it out!

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Jaywo

      Jaywo

      i realize a ton of ladybugs. They help a little bit.

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    1. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      check the bit where the antennae meet the head on the top photo was taken a few months back the bottom pic with the night eyes is recent... the bit where the antennae meet the head..... its grown ! a bit

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      That's neat. I've never been so close up before. 😂

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Creepy... but so amazingly beautiful!

      - MantisGirl13

    3. Viking

      Viking

      Fierce! I need to get some.

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      100% aliens

  12. Hooray,   Ghost hadnt eaten for 2 and a half weeks and I was getting a little worried but saw this morning the exuvium there, successful moult !  Lucy the idol is eating well and seems to have discovered her ability to jump. Good Times ! 

  13. I've found this 'Bug Catcher' I bought from the supermarket Highly Useful for the Mantid Game.. Priceless!!

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Cool! How does it work?

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      its a simple idea that green button slides the green plastic bit forwards and back. You trap the bug under the transparent bit and slide the green bit closed.  its a step better than using a cup and sliding paper underneath. 

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      That's really smart! I wonder where I could get one...

      - MantisGirl13

  14. Lucy the Idol has molted but seems a little short on energy hope shes ok will have to feed her up, Ghost is due to shed and has been off her food for a few days now, abdomen seems very thin for the molt so Ill see how she goes. Shiva my cat passed away on Friday which has been very upsetting for me, I dont think I can handle any more deaths in the family just yet.

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Congratulations on the molt! I hope the ghost has a good molt too. I'm so sorry about your cat.

      - MantisGirl13

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